Supreme Court to hear UT affirmative action case

Lawsuit claims woman was denied admittance because she was not minority

HOUSTON - The U.S. will hear the case of a Sugar Land woman who has filed a lawsuit against the University of Texas, challenging the university's decision to deny her admittance because she was not a minority, according to the lawsuit.

"I was taught since I was a little girl that any kind of discrimination is wrong, and for an institute of higher learning to act this way makes no sense to me. What kind of example does this set for others?" asked Abigail Fisher.

Nine years ago, in an effort to promote diversity in its student body, the University of Texas announced that race could be a factor in its admissions process.

"I don't think that it should matter. If the student has the grades and the background to get in, then they should be admitted," college freshman Ethan Painter said.

Local appellate attorney Lynne Liberato said it may be hard to predict the court's ruling.

"It comes down to a swing vote and the swing vote is Justice (Anthony) Kennedy. There have been opinions he has written in the past that give support to either side," said Liberato.

Fisher went on to graduate from Louisiana State University.

Oral arguments in her case are expected to begin Wednesday.

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